Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The $1,000 shelter+ challenge grant was a wonderful gift. We are an all volunteer private rescue group and we take care of 35 dogs and 15 cats on average. We are a no-kill organization so we keep them until they find a forever home. This money was used for exams and vaccinations for our dogs and cats for the month of May.
The $1,000 shelter+ challenge money was used for exams and vaccinations for 29 dogs and cats in our care for the month of May. We are an all volunteer group that does not receive any public money so we constantly have to fundraise in order to keep picking up and adopting out dogs and cats in our county. This money was very appreciated.
In March, we trapped a litter of 5 dogs. They were all shy of people and other dogs and were about 4 months old. Two were taken into foster homes to help socialize td hem with people and dogs. The remaining three eventually overcame some of their shyness with the help of another friendly dog at the pens and some very patient volunteers. Two of the three puppies at the pens went through 6 weeks of training class at PetSmart that dramatically helped their social skills and confidence. They are still waiting to be adopted but they are now spay/neutered, up to date on their shots, and healthy. The shelter+ challenge grant money helped pay for exams and vaccinations for all 5 of these dogs (Bonnie, Tucker, Hooch, Bootsie, and Bart).
Medicine and Medical supplies
It allowed us to pay for badly needed medical supplies for animals that needed extra help.
At least several dozen
Bounce was surrendered by his owner as a young puppy due to a severe case of mange. Despite his discomfort, he is the sweetest puppy and we were so happy to be able to help him. He is now ready for his forever home. Thank you Petfinder Foundation!
General operating expenses for food, veterinary care, utilities, etc.
It helped us pay for all the important things that make running a place like this possible.
30 disabled dogs
Please see our blog post on a blind dog named Darla, who just had cataract surgery last week and can now see again for the first time in years:
Our never ending veterinary bills!
Our mission is to rescue neglected, abandoned or abused animals and a large part of the rehabilitation of these animals is the extensive medical care required to make these animals ready for re-homing. Before the animals can be rehomed we have to ensure that they have received all the necessary vaccinations necessary to keep them healthy, have been cleared of all parasites; internal and external, and most important of all they need to be neutered so that they will never be a contributary factor to the problem of unwanted companion animals we have in our world.
Basic medical care such as the above can easily cost hundreds of dollars but because we are often working to help animals that have been abused their medical cost can be much higher. One animal that was helped by this recent grant was Wyndall.
A large part of the money went to saving Wyndall and the rest of the grant was used to pay down our medical bills so that we could continue to help animal in need like him.
Wyndall was just 8 weeks old when he was left at animal control with a deep puncture wound and a broken jaw. These were not life threatening injuries but when abandoned at a high kill facility with no budget for medical care they were enough to place Wyndall at the top of the kill list. A kindly employee contacted us to see if anything could be done to help this poor baby. Arrangements were made to transport Wyndall to New Jersey but rescue almost came too late for this small dog. His inability to eat hard food and exposure to the kennel environment caused him to arrive severely dehydrated and suffering from a respiratory infection. Wyndall was rushed to the animal hospital and thanks to medical intervention was able to make a full recovery. His foster Mom refers to him as “the sweetest, sweetest puppy” and “an absolute joy.” Thanks to the medical care that the Shelter Challenge was able to provide this gentle, little animal the only lasting effect of his mistreatment is a slight grinding noise when he eats.
Shelter+ Challenge grant funds were used to vaccinate and spay/neuter senior cats. The adoption fee is waived for these cats in an effort to adopt out in a timely manner.
Reducing the adoption fee for senior cats decreases average length of stay for these animals which allows more cats to be transferred onto the adoption floor. Decreasing length of stay allows Shelter staff to work more efficiently and lessens drain on resources.
Ethel came into the Shelter as a stray pregnant. After having her babies, Ethel spent months at the Shelter waiting for a new forever home. Months went by and then finally one year. Recently, Ethel found her forever home with a very loving family.
Vetting needs for six senior/special-needs dogs: neuter surgery, two major dental surgeries, vaccines, allergy medications and nail trims — all enabling them to live a much better quality of life!
This granted allowed us to provide much-needed vetting to six senior/special-needs dogs in our care. We take in the forgotten ones; the old, sick and disabled who have been neglected or abandoned. The vetting that was enabled by this grant provided a much better quality of life for six dogs in our care.
Chance is 8 years old and was born with a neurological disorder called cerebellar hypoplasia. He was abandoned at the Ft. Worth shelter and was hours away from euthanasia. He is missing a majority of his cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls movement and fine motor skills. Chance is defying the odds against him! His life is chronicled on his Facebook page, Chance’s Story.
Bailey is a middle-aged senior who was abandoned at an Oklahoma shelter. Her behavior was misunderstood as aggression. She has mental meltdowns that are neurological in manner, but not aggressive. She also had very bad mouth issues. Thanks to this grant, she had her dental surgery done, losing 20 teeth, but she does have a healthy mouth now. We also found out the cause of her neurological issues during her dental surgery: It was found that she was a past distemper survivor. Bailey will always have her neurological issue, but she is living a better quality of life now due to her dental surgery.
Sugar Bear is an 18-year-old bulldog mix. She was neglected and abandoned at the Wise County Shelter. Sugar suffers from arthritis and had an infected mouth. Thanks to this grant, we were able to provide her with much-needed dental surgery and refills for her arthritis medication. She had many abscessed teeth that were pulled. Sugar now lives a better quality of life with her arthritis medicine and a healthy mouth!
Sally, a 12-year-old senior, was abandoned in the Dallas shelter. She suffers from severe skin allergies and early-onset spinal stenosis. Thanks to this grant, we were able to give her the vetting she needed to get her skin allergies under control! Sally no longer itches to the point of insanity, but now has a much better quality of life.
Mr. Moose is a 13-year-old Chihuahua mix. He was abandoned at the Garland shelter. He is quite the odd, eccentric little old man. With this grant, we were able to give him the much-needed vetting to get his overgrown nails under control. Mr. Moose has a much better quality of life now!
Jordan is a 20-year-old Chihuahua mix. She was abandoned at an East Texas shelter. Jordan came to us through another rescue. She is super tiny, blind in one eye and missing her lower jaw. But that does not stop her one bit! She is quite the diva! This grant enabled us to provide a much-needed nail trim. A diva has to look good! Jordan has a better quality of life now!
We have taken in some severely neglected cats into our care this year and the money was used towards the significant vet services they required to get them healthy and adopted.
It enabled us to provide the proper care needed to return these animals to health and happiness in good homes.
Theodore was a severely neglected Sealpoint Himalayan that was pulled out from under the filthy mattress of a compulsive hoarder’s cluttered hotel room. He was around 8 years old, and other than being fed now and then had never been groomed, seen a vet or even socialized all that much. When he was taken into rescue we discovered his coat was a solid mass of mats, filth and intertwined dried feces…one of the worst cases we had ever seen. His teeth were rotting and he could barely breathe because his nostrils were too small. At the vet he was shaved, completely vetted and had a dental, which removed most of his teeth. He was very underweight and his foster mom worked on this and overcoming his fear of just about everything. Several weeks into fostering we discovered he had not been neutered, and in fact was a DOUBLE CRYPTORCHID. So back he went to the vet for a double crypt procedure and laser surgery to open up his nostrils so he could breathe. Everything went very well and he exceeded our expectations in rebounding back to health and regaining his personality. He was adopted a few months later. Theodore was a VERY EXPENSIVE cat for us to rehab due to all of his medical needs. This grant helped significantly in his recovery.
We rescued 2 pit mixes from a shelter where they were going to be put down due to demodex mange. One required an emergency blood transfusion. Here is the link to their pics/story on our Facebook page: http://bit.ly/AAVpups
We were able to save these 2 emaciated dogs that captured our hearts.
Bourbon and Bayou were rescued from St. Martin shelter moments before being euthanized. Bourbon was so emaciated and sick that he required an emergency blood transfusion. Because of winning this grant we were able to step up and help these babies have a better life.
The grant was used for the veterinary expenses for two of Golden Paw Society’s rescues: Ambrose and Moose.
This grant not only directly provided the best possible care for two ‘special needs’ cats, but by bearing the burden of the unexpected expenses, GPS was able to continue on to rescue 14 more cats from municipal shelters that same month!
Ambrose is an 11 year old cat with diabetes, rescued from ‘death row’ in a municipal shelter. His insulin and syringes cost us hundreds of dollars monthly. The grant helped us cover the cost of Ambrose’s medical supplies for one month and keep his diabetes regulated.
Moose is a 6 year old cat who was rescued from a municipal shelter and found to have a severe case of Stomatitis, which is a condition of the gums that requires extensive dental surgery. The Shelter+Challenge grant to Golden Paw Society made it possible for GPS to afford the costly surgery to free Moose of his pain and remove all of his teeth, effectively curing his Stomatitis.
To take photographs of our available dogs
We have been able to take improved photos of our available dogs.
So far, we can confirmed that one family adopted one of our dogs based on his photo. They drove down from Reno just for him.
Chance was a senior shepherd that was surrendered to the kill shelter. We saved him from possible death, and gave him the dental work he needed. He was severely depressed and constantly looking for his family. A family in Reno saw his photo and fell in love instantly. Age was not a factor. They couldn’t get through our adoption process fast enough and once they were approved, rushed to Vegas with their other dog to meet him. Everyone hit it off and Chance came out of his shell for them.